California: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reports DUI arrests for Sept. 22, 2014

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

The Lake Elsinore Police Department conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on September 19th, 2014, as part of the City of Lake Elsinore’s commitment to public safety.  This checkpoint was one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in the city.  The checkpoint was located at Riverside Drive and Collier Avenue in the city of Lake Elsinore. The goal of the DUI/CDL Checkpoint was to raise public awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and remove impaired and suspended drivers from the roadway.

Arrested for driving under the influence:

  • Sylvie Goodwin, 50 years old, Yuma Az.
  • Jose Pineda, 44 years old, Quail Valley.
  • Tarina Dahlke, 44 years old, Lake Elsinore.
  • Juvenile name not released.
  • 923 Vehicles passed through the checkpoint.
  • 27 Vehicles were diverted to secondary screening.
  • 9 Persons were given field sobriety tests.
  • 4 DUI suspects were arrested.
  • 6 Vehicles stored or impounded for 30 days.
  • 9 Unlicensed and suspended drivers sent to Court.

Alcohol and drug impaired driving cause’s serious injuries and deaths that have marred recent holiday celebrations. The Lake Elsinore Police Department is committed to working aggressively to reduce the incidence of needless tragedy that accompanies any alcohol related collision.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

DUI Checkpoint Nets 5 Arrests

Perris, CA – The Perris Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Saturday, 09/20/14, at Perris Blvd and Commerce Dr. between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

During this DUI/Drivers License checkpoint, deputies contacted drivers in the north and southbound lanes of Perris Blvd.  A total of 720 vehicles passed through the checkpoint.  Of those vehicles, 88 vehicles were directed into the secondary inspection/evaluation area which resulted in the following:

  • 9 Drivers performed standardized field sobriety tests.
  • 4 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested.
  • 1 Driver arrested for vehicle theft.
  • 1 Drivers were arrested for an outstanding warrant and released with a promise to appear.
  • 14 Drivers were cite-released for operating a vehicle unlicensed.
  • 7 Driver were cite-released for operating a vehicle while their license was suspended/revoked.
  • 15 Vehicles were stored or impounded.

Omar Fregozo DUI Palm Desert 091814

One driver was stopped while attempting to evade the checkpoint. A records check revealed that the vehicle was stolen out of South Gate.  The driver was arrested and the vehicle was released to its owner.

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at about 10:50 PM, officers of the Rancho Mirage Police Department were dispatched to the area of Highway 111 and Frank Sinatra Dr., in response to a report of a hit and run traffic collision. With the assistance of the Cathedral City Police Department, the suspect was located a short time after the collision and identified as Omar Fregozo, 25 of Cathedral City. Neither party involved in the collision sustained any injuries, but Fregozo was found to have been intoxicated at the time of the collision. Fregozo was booked into the Riverside County Jail for hit and run and driving under the influence.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy Joshua Little of the Rancho Mirage Police Department at (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867).

 

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